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WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- September 19th, 2012

I leave tomorrow for Dallas where I’ll attend my first American Christian Fiction Writers Conference.  Christian fiction continues to grow in popularity and I’m looking forward to meeting the writers, publishers, agents and editors who are a part of this organization.  Leave a comment if you’re attending and I’ll try to catch up with you there.  Meanwhile, take a look at what the WW Ladies have been reading this week.

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Anne

Anne

The Curse by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love

Read by Anne

Evalle Kincaid’s life is complicated.  She’s an Alterant, half Belador and half unknown (which scares the heck out of some of the Beladors), her partner, Storm, has gone missing and now evil Svart Trolls start showing up.  She’s working with VIPER to protect humans, but there are those who would like to see her locked away.  Meanwhile, she struggles to learn about her heritage.  With only 2 days to figure things out, Evalle has to ask for help from a black ops human who is no friend to her kind.  Time is running out and the battle is raging in Atlanta.

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This is the 3rd book in the Beladors urban fantasy series.  Evalle is a strong woman who has to overcome enormous odds to stay alive and having a life of her own seem almost unattainable.  I couldn’t help but root for her.  The romantic triangle between Evalle, Storm and Tristan keeps me guessing and I know who I want to be together.  I love a book that keeps me guesses and makes me crave the next book even before I finish the last.  Exciting heart-pounding action combine with an emotional rollercoaster…count me in!

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joysann

joysann

Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson

Read by joysann

Boston in 1765 was a politically troublesome time, and, after a destructive riot destroyed homes, a young woman is found mysteriously dead, without a mark on her. Her father hires thieftaker Ethan Kaille to recover the girl’s stolen brooch, believing that Ethan’s discreet special talents as a magic conjurer will lead to her murderer. Ethan finds himself facing a convoluted mystery, making increasingly dangerous enemies as he goes along.

Colonial Boston makes a fascinating backdrop for an historical mystery. I found the descriptions of the streets and people of the growing new city riveting . Knowing the fears and prejudices toward perceived magic users in that time period, D. B. Jackson’s book keeps a keen edge on the dangers his protagonist faces. Rough and dark and hard as the times, Thieftaker makes for a remarkably good magical mystery.

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Kym L

Kym L

Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker

Read by Kym

Four years ago, Jake “The Snake” Sommers broke Michelle Carter’s heart when he shoved her away and into the arms of another man. Now a young widow and mother, she’s determined he won’t get the chance to hurt her again. Jake is equally determined to win back the only woman he’s ever loved. When Michelle and her young son are threatened by an enemy of her brother’s, she’s forced to accept Jake’s protection, and he has no qualms about taking advantage of the opportunity to get close to her.

Rev It Up is the third in Walker’s “Black Knights Inc.” series, and though I’m not a motorcycle aficionado, the series seems to be just the kind I enjoy. The book works well as a stand-alone, but Warren refers back to previous story lines and sets up future books just enough to make you want to read them. My advice? Jump on and take ‘em for a ride!

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Sophie

Sophie

The Other Countess by Eve Edwards (Young Adult)

 

Read by Sophie, 17

The Lady Eleanor Rodriguez, Countess of San Jaime and affectionately known simply as Ellie, is a young girl of sixteen whose Spanish mother gave Ellie her high-ranking title before passing away and whose father, Sir Arthur, is an alchemist, hell-bent on figuring out how to turn iron into solid gold, despite failure upon failure.  William Lacey, Earl of Dorset, has, at age eighteen, been the Earl for four years, since he lost his father at age fourteen and, as his first official act, threw out the alchemist on whom his father spent the entire family fortune and the alchemist’s brat of a daughter.  Four years after this unfortunate event, both families still have no money when Ellie meets Will at Her Majesty’s court and realizes that he has no recollection of who she is—instead, he sees a beautiful young lady and asks if he may wear her colors while jousting, a sure sign that he finds her far more enchanting than he did four years ago. But when Will finds out who she really is, he is outraged first by the fact that she didn’t tell him and then because he realizes that even though the beautiful and rich Lady Jane as agreed to marry him, he wants nothing more than to promise himself to Ellie and Ellie alone, to marry her and figure out another way to save his estate—an overwhelming truth that could put his everything he knows in jeopardy.

Eve Edwards writes with so much emotion and detail that I often had to shake myself to keep from feeling as though I had literally been dropped right into the middle of Will and Ellie’s story.  The characters, too, were so intricate and dynamic that I loved every one—except the ones I loved to hate, of course!  In short, I loved The Other Countess, and would readily recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical romance and other similar genres.

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Joan

Death by Diamonds by Annette Blair

Read by Joan

Maddie Cutler has opened her vintage clothing shop in Mystic Falls and things are going well until Dominique Delong, Broadway star and Maddie’s good friend, sends her a package containing a beautiful dress covered in rhinestones. The note enclosed tells Maddie that if she has the dress then Dom is dead. Dominique knows Maddie’s secret, that some vintage clothing speaks to her and gives her glimpses into what happened to the wearer, and Dominque wants Maddie to solve her murder.

This is the third book in the Vintage Magic Mystery series and it’s a fun read that keeps moving. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of these books about Maddie and her special talent, and I’m excited about reading the following two books in the series so far, Skirting the Grave, and Cloaked in Malice.

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joysann

joysann

All Spell Breaks Loose by Lisa Shearin

Read by joysann

Raine Benares possesses and/or is possessed by the powerful, magical, sort-of-sentient soul-stealing stone called the Saghred, and they are not getting along. In fact, the Saghred would like to change its partnership to a powerful goblin sorcerer who plans to take over the world, annihilating the elves, but Raine has to die first, which she has no plans to do. So Raine and her faithful and beloved friends, and an enemy or two, face a horrendous battle for possession of the stone that can end only one of two ways.

I’ve loved the Raine Benares series from the first book, with Lisa’s endearing characters, humorous word play, and lots and lots of magic. All Spell Breaks Loose is action-packed and spell-binding, and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Sophie

Sophie

Ingenue By Jillian Larkin  (Young Adult)

Read by Sophie, 17

Lorraine Dyer has finally become successful—working for the mob, that is, and trying to lure in her ex-best friend, Gloria Carmody, and Gloria’s boyfriend, Jerome Johnson, whose relationship is on the rocks and who are running from the mob after Gloria killed one of their men to save Jerome’s life.  Vera, Jerome’s little sister, and Evan, one of Jerome’s old friends, are trying desperately to find Gloria and Jerome to warn them about the hit man (woman?) who Vera just witnessed killing Gloria’s ex-fiancée, Sebastian Grey, and whose list has Jerome’s name on it.  Clara Knowles got a new job, but the partying it requires of her might ruin her relationship with Marcus Eastman, not to mention her resolve to never return to the taxing lifestyle of a flapper.  But when all of these people find themselves in spots they’d tried so hard not to be in, people get hurt, lives are put in jeopardy, and another party gets involved, one who no one expected nor welcomed.

This riveting sequel to Jillian Larkin’s Vixen is even more dramatic, juicy, and enthralling than its predecessor.  Every character has a scandal, every heart has a weakness, and every head has an ambition—though some less civil than others.  With a plethora of twists and turns, ups and downs, and tons of surprises, you will not be able to put Ingenue down!

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Bottom Line:  Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day….Aarrr!!

Drive By Videos Done at Comic Con

Barbara Vey -- July 17th, 2012

Here’s some of the authors I managed to catch up with at Comic Con.  My Drive By Videos are back.  Yes, I finally broke down and bought a great new video camera.  Let me know how you think they came out.

 

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BTW, I had a total fan girl moment this morning when a friend was talking on the phone to Rebecca Cantrell.  I am in love with her iDrakula book and tell everyone about it.  Well, I got to talk to her (she’s in Berlin for a year) and she told me she has a new book out today, A City of Broken Glass.  So, while I wish her good luck with her new book, I’m really waiting for her Frankenstein book.  If it’s half as good as iDrakula, I’m sold!

 

Bottom Line:  Next week I’m off to RWA with my new camera, so watch out authors, I may corner you for a Drive By Video.

Lori Foster’s Reader & Author Get-Together

Barbara Vey -- June 8th, 2012

joysann

Hi. joysann here again to tell you about the Annual Reader & Author Get-Together.

Lori Foster, Duffy Brown, and Linda Keller started this little “Get-Together” near Cincinnati eight years ago to be just what it sounds like. They invited a few authors and put out word to a few fans through a loop, and somewhere between 50 and 100 people gathered at the Cincinnati Marriott North to enjoy an informal opportunity to meet and visit.

 

Now the hotel is overrun with 500 book enthusiasts for most of two days, and it’s become quite an event. Readers can meet favorite and find new authors, authors can work at building their readerships and meet with editors and agents, and everyone can simply enjoy a couple of days of fun in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Lori says she believes that a big part of the sense of community that develops is from the huge ballroom, open for the whole of the event, allowing participants to come and go as they please, providing plenty of seating, and allowing friends to gather and visit.

Author Island hosted a Country Western costume party with games and prizes

This year there were two book signings: Friday evening with Digital, POD, and other non-traditionally published authors, and those with donated print books to giveaway; Toni Blake, Jill Shalvis and Shiloh Walker. Saturday was the traditional book signing, sponsored by Barnes and Noble, open to the public, and taking up almost every foot of the hotel’s huge open atruim and into the restaurant and bar. Author Sherrilyn Kenyon signed at both events, with her excited die-hard fans waiting patiently for their turn to meet her.

At these events Lori Foster has been organizing an anthology book with donated novellas by herself and other authors, the proceeds of which go to a charity of her choice, this year benefiting the AAF – Animal Adoption Foundation – a no-kill animal shelter in Hamilton, Ohio.

Four of the five Love Bites Authors; Brenda Jackson, Lori Foster, Jules Bennett, Virna DePaul

Love Bites includes stories by Lori, Brenda Jackson, Catherine Mann, Jules Bennett, and Virna DePaul. It’s a remarkable endeavor.

In fact, the whole event is remarkable in that it is an high-energy, inexpensive event which packs a lot of punch for the money. A $50 registration fee includes a pizza night, 2 delicious buffet meals, and a Saturday morning Continental breakfast. One wonders how that can possibly be, but talking with Lori and Duffy Brown, one learns that the whole operation, which runs like clock-work, is done with very dedicated, enthusiastic and inventive volunteers, and the support of sponsors, like Liquid Silver Publishing, Turquoise Morning Press, Secrets Craving Publishing, Samhain Publishing. All of it…registration, the welcoming committee, raffle coordinators, transportation, troops donations coordinator, and official photographer, all of the work is done by volunteers.

One of the biggest features of the event is the Raffle Drawings. Everyone loves winning prizes, and when the money for the raffle tickets goes entirely to a special charity, donations are generously made. There were 175 raffle baskets donated this year from authors, reviewers, agents, editors, publishers, enthusiastic readers, and even the Marriott Hotel. The funds raised were donated to The One Way Farm Children’s Home, a non-profit organization that cares for the abused, abandoned, neglected, troubled youth, and children with disabilities. And the funds raised on this occasion? Nearly $11,000. Quite remarkable.

Lori Foster, Duffy Brown, and Linda Keller, and their intrepid fleet of volunteers are already planning for next year’s event, finding ways to make it run even more smoothly and provide the best of reader entertainment. Watch for registration in January… this year it sold out in less than one week.

Bottom Line: Lori? Duffy? Save me a place for next year, please.

My Feenix Contest Benefits Schools and Libraries

Barbara Vey -- October 17th, 2011

The past couple of weeks I’ve talked about the different charities that authors support with their writing.  Author Dianna Love found a whole different venue to include schools, libraries and the arts.

Digital entries

Digital entries

Dianna used her character, Feenix, a lovable young gargoyle to stimulate people’s imaginations.  MyFeenix.com challenged high school students and adults to use their creative juices to showcase their interpretations of the character.

There were 3 categories in both divisions, flat art, digital art and 3-d art.  There was no charge to enter the contest, so the field was wide open.  Dianna made Blood Trinity (the first book in the Belador series which she co-wrote with Sherrilyn Kenyon) available to everyone by offering to send it to the school or public library if they needed a copy, to level the playing field.

Judging the entries

Judging the entries

There were 2 rounds of judging before the art pieces made it to the final round held in the art gallery of Alexi Torres in Atlanta, which was judged by 6 different people.  I was extremely impressed by the quality and detail in the work.  While I read both books in the Belador series, I was again reminded that when we read, we all see the characters differently.  None of them really were the vision I had of Feenix, but that didn’t make them wrong….just different.

When I asked Dianna if she felt any particular art entry matched her vision of Feenix, she was quick to admit that she had a totally different picture in her mind, but she was thrilled that so many entered and how they envisioned her creation.  I’m sure a lot of authors would be surprised by the way their fans saw their characters.

Here’s a list of the winners (You can check them out at MyFeenix):

Adult Flat Art
1st – Cara Bevan
2nd – Christine Rossi
3rd – Donna Peters

Adult Digital Art
1st – Cara Stemo
2nd – Andrew Bernier
3rd – Mary (Mia Snow) Nason

Adult 3D
1st – Ann Pressly
2nd – Nikki Overkamp
3rd – Heather Machel

High School Flat
1st – Annelisa Leinbach
2nd – Zachary Meyer
3rd – Sarah Stock

High School Digital
1st – Maddison Authur
2nd – Evelyn Lumish

High School 3D
1st – Drew Shields

Along with prizes and money, each winner won a set of books for their school or local library.

Dianna Love (who is also an artist) explains why she ran this type of contest.

 

Bottom Line:  When books are donated to any kind of library, everyone’s a winner.

Monday Giveaways

 

 

 

From Debby Giusti:  At Seekerville, he big giveaway this week is a $25 gift card to buy books–Seeker books, of course–and a $25 gift card to Starbucks! Thanks, Glynna and Cara, for the great prize.
And remember…we’re giving away a Toshiba Netbook (loaded with Microsoft Office) at the end of the month from a random drawing of all our visitors. Your name is added in the randomizer EVERY time you comment.

BTW, Barbara Vey is guest blogging on Monday!

 

 

 

From Stephanie Barko:   An excerpt & signed paperback of young memoirist Jamie Patterson’s Lost Edens about marriage and denial is yours for a comment at literary publicist Stephanie Barko’s blog from 10/17 through 10/22.

 

From Jill StoneGET LOST IN A STORY giveaways for the week of October 17 – 21: Monday Angela Cerrito –  a copy of THE END OF THE LINE, Thursday Jane Sevier – a digital download of FORTUNE’S FOOL, and Friday Jo Robertson has an electronic copy of either THE AVENGER or THE WATCHER to giveaway!



 

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- September 28th, 2011

Friday I leave for the Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW) Conference.  This will be a new conference for me and I’m excited to see that the amazing Brenda Novak will be the keynote speaker.  I’m scheduled for a Saturday afternoon Q&A.  These sessions scare me because if no one has any questions, it can seem like a very long session.  Just in case, I’ll be prepared to talk about what the WW Ladies have been reading.

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joysann

joysann

Alterant by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love

Read by joysann

Evalle Kincaid is trying to locate three of her fellow Alterants to make a case before the Tribunal that they are a legitimate species, not just people who morph into mindless killer beasts that should be killed on sight even before they change. But they’re in hiding, and even with the help of the exciting new man in her life, a shifter named Storm, she’s not going meet the deadline set by the gods.

In their complex urban fantasy, these two dynamic authors have pulled out all stops in creating imaginative, original creatures and characters whom I find most intriguing. The story line is intricate, puzzling and suspenseful, and the action is nonstop. With Alterant as the second book in the Belador series, I’m looking forward with anticipation to the exciting adventures ahead.

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Sophie

Sophie

Don’t Mess With Texas by Christie Craig

Read by Sophie

Nikki Hunt, pretty, blonde, divorced, and lacking in her sense of self-worth, defines the term “starving artist,” and Dallas O’Connor is the strong, handsome, also divorced ex-cop, now PI who recently got out of prison, where he’d spent time with his buddies and coworkers Tyler and Austin for a crime they didn’t commit.  So when Nikki finds her ex-husband’s dead body in her trunk, Dallas is able to look past the fact that she is the perfect suspect and believe her when she says she’s innocent.  Proving her innocent becomes the top thing on his to-do list, but she herself is a close second—a fact that scares Dallas to no end.  Dallas and Nikki hit many rough spots, or as Nikki’s hilarious Nana calls them, potholes along the way, but the humor alone isn’t going to get them through the night alive…

This book was a joy from the start!  Sexy, fun, and obviously well-planned, Don’t Mess With Texas was impossible for me to put down.  Craig’s skill is exemplified by this book, and I’ve already got a waiting list of friends who are excited to read it!

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Paula

Paula

The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato

Read by Paula

Venice, and the glassmaking inextricably associated with it, is in Nora Manin’s blood; Venice was where her existence was conceived, and where her destiny lay. Following the heart-wrenching dissolution of her marriage, Nora impulsively, perhaps instinctively, dispensed with the trappings of her former life in London, and set course for her future in Venice, hoping to connect with, and perhaps unlock, the mysteries of her past. Guided by only by a glass heart crafted by her ancient ancestor and a desire to find herself, Nora embarks on journey that will not only connect her with her rich and remarkable family history, but will propel her toward a future that dreams are made of.

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Having recently visited Venice, and the island of Murano, where exquisite art glass is crafted today as it has been for centuries, the images evoked in this lush story were striking and fresh for me. Marina Fiorato has superbly captured the beauty and lush history of this ancient center of art and culture, while weaving a story with layers of history, intrigue, and romance that is as absorbing and magical as Venice itself.

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Shelby

Shelby

A Lot Like Love by Julie James

Read by Shelby

The FBI wants to Xander Eckhart in the act of laundering money for the mob and their only opportunity will be this Valentine’s Day at his exclusive wine tasting.  So they enlist the help of Jordan Rhodes, a billionaire heiress, to get into the party with Nick McCall as her date/undercover FBI agent.  When Xander sends a Private Investigator to tail the new “couple,” the two are forced to continue their “relationship.”  Eventually it becomes a real relationship, but something more sinister lurks…

I absolutely adored this book!  The suspense, the secrets, and the ever present danger make you not want to let it out of your sight.  The classic relationship of dislike leading to more with a delicious twist attached.  This is a definite keeper, mark my words!
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Heidi

Heidi

Deep Trouble by Mary Connealy

Read by Heidi

Shannon Dysart is on a mission to clear her father’s name, by going to the Wild West from Saint Louis, to find the city of gold. Shannon gets in over her head, when her companions turn on her and leave her for dead. Gabriel Lasley is the cowboy hero who has western smarts and faith to follow. Their adventure turns tricky with every step, and they hope to survive it all and get to the golden end.

The historical western brought out the best adventure to my brain with awesome visual descriptions and the desire to find the treasure. I always find it a pleasure to read a book that has women characters that are independent, faith-focused and driven. I really got my wild western fix with this book.

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Ashley

Ashley

The Perfect Kiss by Melody Thomas

Read by Ashley
Christel stole the perfect kiss from the man of her dreams, too bad that  English society’s rules made courtship and marriage impossible. She was the bastard daughter of an Earl and he was the Earl of Carrick, so Christel watches as he marries her favorite cousin. Nine years later the Earl is widowed and with a young daughter. Christel comes back to be the governess for the girl but neither has forgotten that secret kiss, and they still burn for desire for each other but secrets from each other’s past threaten to ruin their second chance at love.

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The Perfect Kiss is the perfect love story, full of secrets and treasures, and love and lost. This book was a delightful read that kept me entertained from the first page to the last page!
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Loretta

Loretta

The Protector by Marliss Melton

Read by Loretta

To retaliate against General McClellan for his actions in Afghanistan, terrorists target his daughter, Eryn for death.  Eryn is a school teacher in Washinton, DC. unaware that the FBI has put her out for bait to catch the jihadists and narrowly escapes the first attack.  General McClellan has asked  Ike Calhoun, a retired Navy Seal, to protect her.

I found The Protector by be beautifully written, exciting and captivating, keeping me glued to the pages until the unforseen and unforgettable ending.  Ike’s abiilities and daring-do deeds will astound you as he maneuvers Erin’s and his safety, keeping you gasping at the twists and turns on each page.  Amid all the chaos,- love also grows here!

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Michelle

Michelle

Before I go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

Read by Michelle

Christine Lucas wakes up every morning to a stranger in her bed and no recollection of the last 20 years of her life.  Every morning her husband Ben has to show her the pictures of her life.  Christine trying to piece together what has happened to her begins to keep a secret journal that begins with the words “Don’t trust Ben.”  As her life unravels she unearths the frightening events that led to her amnesia.

This is a great read!  Trying to imagine a life without knowing your own past just left me with goosebumps and a feeling of dread.

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joysann

joysann

Kitty’s Greatest Hits: A Collection by Carrie Vaughn

Read by joysann 

Kitty retains control and gains wisdom in Winnowing the Herd. Through blood and tears, young Cormac learns the family business of hunting creatures of the night in Looking After Family.  In Conquistador de la Noche one of Coronado’s soldiers find darkness instead of Cities of Gold. And a cryptozoologist encounters serious danger in The Temptation of Robin Green.

Kitty Norville is the popular radio host of The Midnight Hour, a talk show dedicated to all things that go bump in the night, and her adventures have taken readers through a whole series of exciting books. Kitty got into this talk-show business because she is a werewolf, and where else can a supernatural turn for advice? I love these books, and the 14 stories in Kitty’s Greatest Hits enrich and give dimension to the fascinating characters Carrie Vaughn created.

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Bottom Line:  Maybe I’ll make a list of questions to ask the COFW…just to keep them on their toes.

Preview Night at Comic Con

Barbara Vey -- July 21st, 2011
One of the displays at Hasbro

One of the displays at Hasbro

All pumped up for the opening of Comic Con and for Preview Day when they only allow a limited number of people in, so even though it’s still crowded, there’s some breathing room before the crush starts on Thursday.  Local San Diego author, Lisa Kessler, volunteered to be my videographer, so we were in line for the 3 p.m. start of registration.  Thanks to the great organization of Comic Con, we zipped through the long line and soon were legal attendees with huge convention bags to fill with all the giveaways and 2 thick Comic Con programs.  My bag had a picture of The Vampire Diaries, but I really wanted the Batman one.

I guess we didn’t read the fine print, so even though registration was open at 3, the actual Preview Night did not start until 6.  Actually time went by pretty fast as I ran into some people I knew including The Book Reporter’s Carol Fitzgerald who’s website caters to readers and boasts over 8,500 book groups.  We had a great discussion about books and the fact that more and more publishers are making their presence known at Comic Con.

Spiderman made out of Legos

Spiderman made out of Legos

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Lisa and I decided to dump our over sized bags in the car instead of dragging them around the conference center.  It was a good move because once you get in, several places are giving away smaller, more managable bags. On the way we passed the huge tented area where people were setting up for the night with sleeping bags and lawn chairs while they waited for the Twilight panel on Thursday.  Was I ever that young and that excited to camp out over night to listen to some people talk about my favorite book or movie…yeah, probably, but thank goodness those crazy days are over.

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Favorite t-shirt seen

Favorite t-shirt seen

The thing that you first notice when you get in in the sheer magnitude of the place.  Where to start?  A lot of the bigger displays have things hanging from the ceiling so it’s easy to find the major studios, Hasbro Toys and DC Comics.  But the smaller stands offer some the more original items.  Lots of t-shirts with clever sayings, posters with animated women with very large breasts and impossibly small waists and not many clothes (but that’s pretty much what you always see in comics), collectibles for almost anything you can imagine and many different kinds of books.  Any Star Wars fan can appreciate the t-shirt that reads:  Regrets…Those were the droids you were looking for.  Yes, nerd alert…loved it!!

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DeLorean from Back to the Future

DeLorean from Back to the Future

They even had the DeLorean there from Back to the Future.  You could sit in it for $20, but the good news on that is that all the money raised went to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.  It was amazing to see it up close and maybe I’ll go sit in it yet this week.

I saw Lou Ferrigno (the Incredible Hulk) taking pictures with fans for $30 each.  He’s pretty much a staple at these things and by today there will be a lot more past icons doing the same thing.

Sherrilyn Kenyon always has a big booth where she sells her books, character merchandise and gives away posters, buttons and backpacks.  This year she’ll not only be on a panel, but there is a spotlight section done on her and she received the coveted “Guest” ribbon.  Her autographing lines are legendary, but this year she has even more reason to celebrate.  I managed to snag her for a Drive By Video between her busy schedule.  Check out her incredible news.

Bottom Line: I’m pooped already and this puppy is just getting started, so I’d better head home and rest up for the rest of the busy week.

Final Look at RWA

Barbara Vey -- July 5th, 2011
Booksigning

Booksigning

The day the publishers give away free books is always special.  Attendees start lining up early to get books signed by their favorite authors.  Many come prepared with cardboard boxes and even pulling suitcases in which to store all the goodies they’ll be taking home.  I’ll be posting videos all this week, so be sure to check back.

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Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon

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The Awards Luncheon honored Kaori Suzuki Fisher, Bookseller of the Year and Wendy Crutcher, Librarian of the Year.  Also recognized were RWA Service Award winners, Linda Howard, Stephanie Feagan, Amy Atwell and Nikki Enlow.  Sherrilyn Kenyon was the Keynote Speaker and spoke of her journey through publishing.  Most notable were places 12 books at number one on the New York Times Bestseller List in the past two years.

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Lisa Kleypas, Barbara Vey, Christina Dodd

Lisa Kleypas, Barbara Vey, Christina Dodd

Party night started early with Grand Central Publishing who held theirs at their offices.  Luckily, there was a large open room where you could eat, drink and mingle without being crushed.  A big plus was the seating area.  Not so lucky were those who attended the St. Martin’s Party.  I was excited to go into the historic Flatiron Building, but the office space there was not congruent with lots of party people.  My heart went out to the wait staff who had to try to serve food to a group smashed together like sardines.  The air conditioner couldn’t keep up and although the view and air was nice on the balcony, the tiny area that looked like it could accommodate five was overflowed with about ten.  It didn’t look safe.

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St. Martin Party

Leigh Evans, Kristen Painter and Amanda Brice

Signing in at the Harlequin Party

Signing in at the Harlequin Party

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Andrew and I tearing up the dance floor

Andrew and I tearing up the dance floor

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Final stop was the famous Harlequin Party.  This invitation only event was Black and White this year and held at the Waldorf Astoria.  By the end of every party, there is a mountain of shoes as the dancers kick off their stilettos to dance in bare feet.  To help out, Harlequin offered off black footie socks with their logo on them to all guests.  There were build your own ice cream and cupcake stations.  I left before the end, but Andrew loved the dancing and company, so he was there to the end.

Overheard at the Harlequin signing:  Deanna Raybourn hit the New York Times Bestseller list for the first time.  Congratulations Deanna!

Check out the video to see a little of the chaos that is the Harlequin Party.

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Sheila English, Matt Schwartz, me, Dan Blank, Nancy Berland

Sheila English, Matt Schwartz, me, Dan Blank, Nancy Berland

Friday came early after party night.  I participated in a panel, Transmedia, with Sheila Clover English (CEO of Circle of Seven Productions), Matt Schwartz (VP of Random House digital), Dan Blank (We Grow Media) and Nancy Berland (Nancy Berland Associates).  We talked about all things digital and where that may take us.  I talked about QR codes in a previous blog, but it looks like that will get a lot more use in the future.  Fascinating stuff.

I spent the afternoon doing video interviews.  Authors have interesting home lives.

Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot

Soon it was time for the Rita Awards Ceremony.  Meg Cabot served as host and was delightful.  There were intermittent video segments that honored heroes, but the night belonged to romance.  First the Golden Heart Awards were given out.  Golden Hearts are given unpublished authors for the best manuscript in various categories.  Then the published authors get their turn with the Rita Awards and finally the lifetime achievement award is given and this year’s recipient was Sharon Sala.  Sharon talked about her Native American background and coming from a long line of storytellers.  She dreams her stories in colors and then shares them with us.  I, for one, am glad she does.

Enjoy seeing and hearing from some of the winners at the Rita’s in the video.

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Bottom Line: Next year Anaheim…yay, Disneyland!!

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- May 4th, 2011

I had such an exciting meeting yesterday with the educators from the local middle and high schools.  We discussed forming YA book clubs, promoting book communities and having authors come in to talk to the kids.  The adults were so thrilled about the program, we even discussed starting a romance book club.  Then three librarians and two YA readers stopped by my house to pick up books to join the WW Ladies Book Club.  Watch for new faces in the near future.

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joysann

joysann

Size Matters by Stephanie Julian (e-book)

Read by joysann

Tim Sattazahn, just minding his own business walking through the woods in a snowstorm, comes upon a beautiful woman freezing to death after her car breaks down. Beyond the physical desire he’s experiencing as he cares for her, he feels some consternation when he learns that, as a reporter for the Weekly News Journal, she’s there looking for Bigfoot, but doesn’t realize she’s found him. For her part, Carrie Benton is thoroughly taken by the huge, gorgeous, sexy man she’s found that’s made her trip to the forest worth while.

This is a very fun, cute, fast little read. It’s also charming, smile-provoking, and hotly erotic. With Size Matters, Stephanie Julian is cleverly introducing The Fringe, a new series that explores some of the more imaginative reports in the weekly papers at grocery store check-out counter, and I’m looking forward to the next story.

Marge

Marge

Born of Shadows by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Read by Marge

Caillen Dagan learned survival from a young age and taking care of his sisters is his number one priority.  His world turns upside down when he learns he’s actually of royal blood.  Desideria is one of the queen’s bodyguards, but has always had to fight for her right to the position.  When political forces plot to overthrow their governments, Caillen and Desideria must work together to clear their names and stop the impending doom.

This sci-fi thriller keeps the action going while plunging the reader into the political intrigue.   I found myself remembering why I’ve always loved sci-fi and now plan to add more to my collection.  Intriguing and exhilarating.

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Heidi

Heidi

A Lot Like Love by Julie James

Read by Heidi

Jordan Rhodes loves her twin brother Kyle, and will do anything to get him released from prison. FBI Agent Nick McCall knows this and uses that desire to get into one of the most exclusive parties in Chicago, with Mob ties. As unexpected developments in the operation happen, the “couple” learns the sparks they are pretending to have go alot deeper.

A great romance with a great amount of sexual tension. It was especially fun to see that the tension was drawn out so the relationship could develop a little bit more. My favorite additions are the Chicago locations AND the timely elements.

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Liz

Liz

Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep

Read by Liz

Gin Blanco, retired assassin and an Elemental with the rare ability to manipulate two elements (stone and ice) has a number of problems on her hands. One, her one woman mission to bring down mob boss, Mab Monroe, the woman responsible for the death of her family; two, how to reveal to Detective Bria Snow that she was in fact her long lost sister; three, how to handle the budding romance between herself and Owen Grayson; and four, the assassin hired by Mab Monroe (LaFleur).

The latest in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin Series, Tangled Threads is her best by far. If you’re a fan of urban fantasy … hell, any paranormal fan … you’re going to enjoy this entire series like I have.  Arousing, thrilling ride.

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Michelle

Michelle

Broken by Karin Slaughter

Read by Michelle

Dr. Sara Linton returns home for the holidays to be drawn into the path of a serial killer.  Special Agent Will Trent is called in to investigate the murder of a college student.  He befriends Dr. Linton and together they have to unravel the truth from local detectives that are intent on concealing crucial details of the case.

A very gripping, captivating read.  Each page dripped with suspense and had me eager for more.

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Ms. Faye

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny HanWe'll Always Have Summer

Read by Ms. Faye

Isabel has grown up spending summers with her mother’s best friend and two sons. She has always loved Conrad, but when Jeremiah professes his love she realizes she may have chosen the wrong brother. Days before the wedding Conrad reveals he is in love with her as well and now she has to decided if she will stay with the one who loves her or go with the one she loves.

A coming of age story that kept me guessing right up to the last page.  The ultimate unforgettable  read.

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Heidi

Heidi

So Close The Hand of Death by J.T. Ellison

Read by Heidi

The sixth novel of Taylor Jackson, a tough Nashville homicide lieutenant who knows that The Pretender is back. The Pretender has taken several companions in on the task to show multiple serial killings that match those of the  Zodiac Killer, The Boston Strangler and the Son of Sam. As time starts to run out, Taylor realizes that the targets are hitting too close to home as she goes in for the kill before the bodies start to pile up higher.

A true roller coaster ride of thrills while finding out who the killer is, and who are following in the footsteps. My emotions soared up and down with this story. I realized at one point, I was holding my breath for a long time and had to remind myself to keep breathing during the rest of the book.

Bottom Line: Today is Intergalactic Star Wars Day…May the fourth be with you.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- October 19th, 2010

I am pleased to welcome two new YA readers to the WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs today, Amanda, 9 and Hailee, 12.  Both are avid readers who want to share their love of books with everyone.  Thanks for joining us.

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joysann

joysann

Bite Me – A Love Story by Christopher Moore

Listened to by joysann

In the last book, unbeknownst to them, the vampires Tommy and Jody had been safely encased in bronze by their sixteen year old goth-girl minion, Abby Normal, to preserve their romantic love eternally. Since then, an epidemic of feline vampirism is unleashed in San Francisco, and it has fallen to Abby, her brilliant boyfriend Foo-Dog, two jaded police detectives, Tommy’s friends called The Animals, and The Emperor of San Francisco to save the city. When Jody and Tommy are released from their imprisonment, there’s no predicting how their actions will tip the scale.

Largely and colorfully told through Abby’s diary, this conclusion to the Love Story trilogy (see Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck) is a comic roller-coaster ride of horror, incredulity and hilarity, and, of course, love. Listening to the audiobook read by Susan Bennett was a real pleasure as she delivers Christopher Moore’s hilarious goth-slang dialogue with a convincing flair. Wonderfully funny and entertaining, this was the best of the three books, and wholly satisfying.

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Michael

Michael

Blood Trinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love

Read by Michael

Unbeknownst to the common citizens of Atlanta, Georgia, their city is occupied by demons, ghosts, witches, and tribes of supernatural warriors. Evalle Kincaid is in a difficult position. She considers herself to be a loyal member of the Belador tribe, but she is different and many do not trust her.

Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love, authors of the popular BAD series, have teamed in their first joint venture into the urban fantasy genre. Blood Trinity is the first book in their new Belador series, immersing readers first into the action, then gradually developing the characters and explaining their motivations. Like Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson, Evalle is a strong female protagonist, and I enjoy that. Plus there is a host of interesting sidekicks and supporting characters whose stories I’ll want to learn in the next book in the series.
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Stacey

Stacey

The Summer of You by Kate Noble
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Read by Stacey

Lady Jane Cummings must bring her brother and her ailing father to the small seaside town she spent summers in when she was a child.  There, she must deal with things much more difficult than the fact she ran naked through the town square at age 5.  Like her father’s advancing illness, the highwayman who’s robbing the town…and the mysterious neighbor who moved in across the lake.

Kate Noble has taken the popular small town theme and turned it into a beautiful historical romance.   With a heroine I can relate to, a hero I can believe in and a great cast of secondary characters, she has cemented her place in the historical romance pantheon.

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Michelle

Michelle

Garden of the Moon by Elizabeth Sinclair

Read by Michelle

Sara Wade, seer of the dead, inherits her grandmother’s plantation – Harrogate.  Sara also inherits a curse.  The ghosts of Johnathan Bradford, Maddy and Katherine Grayson come back in a haunting tryst that threatens to end life as Sara knows it.  Taking the plunge in a world where uncertainty thrives.  Falling in love with the past and finding your future in the past.

A very cleverly written novel that suspends disbelief for a chance at love.  I found this to be a fun, riveting tale.

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Hailee

The Jaguar Stones – Book One: Middle World by J&P Voelkel
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Read by Hailee, age 12
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When Max Murphey’s archeologist parents go on a unexpected dig, he is suspiciously summoned to join them in Central America.  After he discovers his parents are missing, it’s up to him, a local Maya girl, and a university professor to rescue them. Then, the threesome meets up with unexpected characters, Maya gods, unreal challenges, and dastardly villains.

In this book nothing is as it seems. With ancient secrets, hidden passages and horrible tamales Middleworld contains everything. The suspense, action, and perfectly written storyline makes this book a definite movie ready read. I am clamoring for the sequel.

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Amanda

Amanda

Gilda Joyce: The Dead Drop by Jennifer Allison

Read by Amanda, age 9

14 year old Gilda Joyce travels to Washington, DC for the summer and gets a job at the Spy Museum. Strange things start to happen while Gilda is at the Museum. Gilda starts to find secret ghost messages throughout the city and is determined to solve the mystery.

Jennifer Allison made me feel as though I was really in the book with all the characters. When I was reading the story, my blood was rushing through me because I wanted to read more and more.

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Michelle

Michelle

Risk No Secrets by Cindy Gerard

Read by Michelle

The abduction of her daughter’s best friend Lola has Sophie Weber seeking the assistance of an old friend, Wyatt Savage.  Wyatt and Sophie haven’t been in touch since her marriage to his best friend Hugh.  Unbeknownst to him, Sophie and Hugh have been divorced for two years.  As Wyatt is battling his physical desire for Sophie, he’s also enlisting the help of his Black Ops Team to find Lola.  The search takes them to El Salvador and in the midst of some of the coldest and cruelest killers.

An electric, fast paced novel that kept me rapt from start to finish.  There is nothing like having a buff, Black Ops military man in your back pocket to pull out in matters of life and death.

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Bottom Line: Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.  ~Author Unknown

Psyched at Comic Con

Barbara Vey -- July 24th, 2010
Stephen Collins and Barbara Vey

Stephen Collins and me

Great start for me on Friday.  My first interview was with one of my favorite actors, Stephen Collins, at the Hard Rock Hotel restaurant.  I thought it would be really cool to be sitting out in public with such a cool, famous, good-looking guy and I was right about that part of it.  The bad part was that it was so loud in the place that it was almost impossible to ask/answer questions.  Of course, that just meant we had to scoot our chairs a little closer (please let me not have bad breath).  Yes, total fan girl mode here.

Stephen, with trademark dimples flashing, patiently answered my burning questions.  How amazing was it to be on the first Star Trek movie? At the time, it didn’t do that well.  No one was sure how the tv show would translate to the big screen with fans.  But it was great fun to do and I attended my first Star Trek convention last year.  The panel drew 3,000 and I found the fans to be intelligent, loyal and enthusiastic. One of my favorite movies of yours is Jumpin’ Jack Flash with Whoopi Goldberg. Well, when they changed directors, they wanted to recast the movie except for Whoopi.  Lucky for me Richard Dreyfus and Michael Keaton turned it down. (I’m glad too.)  Tales of the Gold Monkey is being released on DVD and I watched the show when it first was on television (loved it).  Were you hoping to follow the success of Indiana Jones? Actually, it was pitched to tv before the Indiana Jones movie and turned down.  After the success of the movie, the studios came back to the writer and said, “What about that show you pitched a while ago?”  I had never watched the Indiana Jones movie, so I really didn’t base my character on him. Ok, at this point his publicist started to push me off my chair, but I did manage to get a quick picture with Stephen and I asked him if it was ok if I said, on the blog, that I love getting lost in his dimples.  He gave me a huge smile and I was lost.

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Cast of Psych

Cast of Psych

Now, here’s what went on at yesterday’s press panel for Psych, who’s tagline reads, Fake psychic. Real detectives. The cast came by the press tables by ones and twos, but the most common question centered around food.  On the show, food is always discussed by Shawn and Gus, but the question was, “Why no food at the police department…like donuts?” There are donuts and snacks behind Juliet’s desk and they’ve been there since the beginning, they just keep shellacking them. I asked about a musical episode and James Roday said they’ve talked about but nothing yet.  He also mentioned a Twin Peaks episode that he wrote and directed with some of the original Twin Peaks cast coming on board.  When asked about sticking to the script, Dule Hill admitted that sometimes James goes off into another area, and Dule will just follow along.  It’s obvious that they all have a great time with the show and it comes across every episode.

I do have wonderful videos and as soon as I get help transferring them to the blog, I’ll let you know.

Sherrilyn Kenyon and Vyxsin

Sherrilyn Kenyon and Vyxsin

While cruising Comic Con, I checked out the autograph areas and saw Vyxsin and Kynt from The AmazingRace.  I loved watching them compete and they are as delightful in person.  Turns out that Vyxsin is a huge romance fan and was thrilled to meet Sherrilyn Kenyon.  Since Vyxsin is from Los Angeles, I told her about RT being there next year and she’s planning on stopping by.

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I also caught up with Ardrian Phoenix signing at the Mysterious Galaxy booth and David J. Williams at the Bantam booth.

David J. Williams

David J. Williams

Adrian Phoenix

Adrian Phoenix

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I know Heather Graham asked me to look for her daughter, Chynna, who’s working at a booth in Artist’s Alley, but it was packed with tall, beautiful women dressed in costume.  I felt like a Munchkin around them.  Sorry, Heather.

Bottom Line: Missed Nathan Fillion, William Shatner and Dexter yesterday.  Today wearing x-ray glasses made to single out those on my “Must Meet” list.